Marta Foresti

Marta Foresti

Visiting Senior Fellow

Institute of Global Affairs

About me

Marta is Principal Research Fellow at ODI and the Director of its Human Mobility Initiative, focusing on migration and development, leading the institute external engagement at global, regional and local level. She is acting as senior policy advisor for the consultation of the Global Compact For Migration and to the IOM’s Research Syndicate. She is a member of the Advisory Board of Refugeesdeeply.com, of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Migration Policy and Practice as well as of the Board of PorCausa.org. Until April 2018 Marta was Managing Director at ODI and as a member of the ODI Senior leadership team she contributed to setting the institute's strategic agenda, priorities and goals. Marta also led ODI’s portfolio on governance, climate and natural resources. Her interests include the political economy of development and reform, migration and human mobility, natural resource management, conflict and fragility.

Before joining ODI she worked as a Senior Policy Adviser at the Italian Ministry of Finance  where she advised the ministerial team on local development policies and programmes.

She has over 20 years of research, policy formulation and delivery, as well as management experience and has an interest in applied social research methodologies and policy evaluation. She holds a master degrees in logic and philosophy of science from the London School of Economics and from Milan State University.